FROM Todd Halihan
When It Comes to Fracking, Big Government Trumps Local Control Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is moving America toward energy independence. Fracking uses large volumes of water under high pressure to free oil and natural gas deposits from underground shale. The EPA says it can contaminate aquifers and create unhealthy air. It's even said to cause earthquakes. But when 59 percent of Denton, Texas, voted to ban fracking for natural gas, they were over-ruled by state politicians . Oklahoma has also banned fracking bans. Are the rights of oil companies with absentee owners taking precedence over community health and safety? We hear what's at stake for the nation's economy.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.